The great look and quality of Lifespan exercise bikes make them best-sellers in the industry. Rather than just build bikes, Lifespan focuses on helping users achieve their health and fitness goals whether it is to manage weight, reduce joint pain, or just limber up.
Founded in 1994 in Park City, Utah, PCE Health and Fitness quickly established itself as an award-winner and innovator while designing quality exercise equipment for other companies. In 2001, the company began to import the Lifespan line from Taiwan to target a niche market of home consumers over the age of 55.
Their research and development focuses on making cardio equipment that is easy to use (that is, no “learning curve” on console buttons or with programming) and adding other subtle enhancements to make the exercise experience more pleasurable.
To better serve their intended market, Lifespan partnered with Fitness Forever which introduced the award winning Fitness Forever exercise program for seniors. The knowledge and insight gained helps PCE develop medically based exercise programming and incorporates necessary features into the bikes for optimum performance for the user.
The company’s laser-like concentration and execution on just four models is a pitch-perfect goal: make just a few Lifespan exercise bikes with quality components and solid workmanship, then price them right. Here’s a brief look at the bikes:
The entry-level Lifespan S2 Indoor Cycling Bike is just $499. It is a little small for men, but that’s part of Lifespan’s attention to serving specific customers – smaller adults and women will find this spin bike a perfect fit – at an affordable price.
The more advanced Lifespan S4 Indoor Cycle ($799-Recently Discontinued) has a heavy flywheel, leather friction control knob, interchangeable seat and pedals, adjustable handlebars – all the features you expect on a bike costing over $1000, yet this gorgeous spin bike is value priced.
The Lifespan C3i Upright, also $799, is a solid performer as the only traditional upright design among Lifespan exercise bikes. It offers an 18-lb flywheel, tilting console, and quality components. With the look and feel of a commercial model, this fully adjustable stationary bike is a winner.
The Lifespan R3i Recumbent ($1199) is already on several Best Buy lists. It has a step-through design, easy to reach and read console, oversized seat and backrest, smooth drive system for frictionless and silent pedaling, and much more.
You then have the two commercial models, C7000i Upright and the R7000i Recumbent, priced at $1,799 and $1,999 respectively.
You might say Lifespan has a few things going for them: they produce well-packaged exercise bikes using quality components, with fine engineering and beautiful aesthetic designs. They pay close attention to customer support and feedback, and keep their edge by focusing on serving a portion of the market well rather than doing a broad approach of hit and miss with many models. Read a number of reviews if you need further confirmation of the outstanding quality and value of Lifespan exercise bikes.
Lifespan S2 Indoor Cycle - Reviews are overwhelmingly positive. You won’t be able to find a 40-lb flywheel + belt drive system for under $500 that rivals the S2.
Lifespan S4 Indoor Cycle - A good-looking, comfortable, ergonomic, easy to use bike, but there are a few issues that reviews mention on this model.
Lifespan C3i Upright - An excellent choice for just $699. Quality components in the flywheel and brake system, a full array of challenging programs.
Lifespan R3i Recumbent - Offers a smooth ride with fluid transitions between the frictionless resistance levels. Reviews on this model are outstanding, rated 4 and 5 stars out of 5!